Police seek man who tried to coax girls into his vehicle

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Riverside police Thursday were seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who has tried to coax teenage girls into his vehicle.

In three separate incidents in recent months, the suspect told the high school girls that he could get them a modeling job, according to police.


The man approached the girls during school hours near Poly High School and Raincross High School. ‘The incidents are believed to be related,’ Riverside Police Department officials said in a statement.

The man was seen driving a silver Toyota Tacoma pickup with four doors and a short bed. Police described the man as a Latino in his 20s or 30s with dark curly hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Rita Cobb at (951) 353-7120 or Det. Melissa Brazil at (951) 353-7121.

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